Xi's article on building a community with a shared future for humanity published

BEIJING, Jan. 1 (Xinhua) -- An article by Chinese President Xi Jinping on working together to build a community with a shared future for humanity was published Friday.

The article titled "Work Together to Build a Community of Shared Future for Mankind" by Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, was published in this year's first issue of the Qiushi Journal, a flagship magazine of the CPC Central Committee.

Xi said mankind is in an era of major development as well as profound transformation and change, and is also in an era of numerous challenges and increasing risks.

Answering the question of what has happened to the world and how should we respond, Xi offered China's proposition: build a community with a shared future for humanity and achieve shared and win-win development.

Actions hold the key to building a community with a shared future for humanity, Xi said in the article, adding that the international community should promote partnership, security, growth, inter-civilization exchanges and the building of a sound ecosystem.

As for what policies China will pursue, Xi said the country remains unchanged in its commitment to uphold world peace, to pursue common development, to foster partnerships, and to multilateralism.

He expressed China's readiness to work with all the other UN member states as well as international organizations and agencies to advance the great cause of building a community with a shared future for humanity.

China Focus: Over 73,000 get COVID-19 vaccines since Beijing begins inoculation

BEIJING, Jan. 3 (Xinhua) -- A total of 73,537 people in 220 inoculation venues across Beijing have received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine in two days since the city began administering the jab among specific groups of people with higher infection risks on Friday.

No serious side effects have been observed among the vaccine receivers, Gao Xiaojun, a spokesperson for the municipal health commission told a press briefing Sunday.

The inoculation currently mainly covers nine groups of people aged 18 to 59 in Beijing. These include frontline customs inspectors of imported cold-chain goods and personnel working in the overseas and domestic transportation sector.

A female staffer at a vaccination point in Beijing's Xicheng District was found waiting for recipients at 7 a.m. Sunday.

"I'm responsible for ID verification and registration before they get the vaccine," said the woman with face and hands turned red due to the cold. "Here we mainly serve practitioners in cold-chain and catering industries. Everyone queued up in an orderly way and fully understood and supported our work."

"Our company informed us of nine possible contraindications to receive the vaccine. Since I have none of them I came without hesitation," said Xie Fei, who works at a Walmart store in the district.

"The injection was administered in minutes and I have been observed for half an hour. Currently I don't have any discomfort," said Xie, who came with about 30 colleagues. "I'm frequently exposed to imported cold-chain food at work, and the COVID-19 vaccination not only protects me but also customers."

People are inoculated with the COVID-19 vaccines at a healthcare center in Honglian Community in Xicheng District of Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 3, 2021. Beijing has started administering COVID-19 vaccines among specific groups of people with higher infection risks. (Xinhua/Zhang Chenlin)

People receiving the jab will have the information updated on Beijing's health code app, Gao noted, adding that those who have urgent plans to travel overseas can apply for COVID-19 inoculation at the community service center.

After the vaccines receive market approval, authorities in Beijing will start vaccination for other groups on a reservation basis, said Gao at an earlier press conference.

China announced Thursday that it had granted conditional marketing authorization to its first self-developed COVID-19 vaccine. The inactivated vaccine got approval from the National Medical Products Administration. It was developed by the Beijing Biological Products Institute Co. Ltd. under the China National Biotec Group, affiliated with Sinopharm.

People enjoy New Year holiday across China

Children play at Nantong Science and Technology Museum during the New Year holiday in Nantong city, East China's Jiangsu province, on Jan 2, 2021.
Aerial photo taken on Jan 2, 2021 shows people enjoying themselves amid metasequoia during the New Year holiday in Longqiao village of Yueping township in Hengyang, central China's Hunan province.
People read books at a library during the New Year holiday in Shaoyang city, central China's Hunan province, on Jan 2, 2021.
Aerial photo taken on Jan 2, 2021 shows people skiing at a ski resort during the New Year holiday in Zunhua city of Tangshan, North China's Hebei province.
A child plays beside an ice sculpture on Central Street in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, Jan. 1, 2021. Harbin, dubbed China's "ice city", attracts tourists by making the best use of ice element during the winter time.
People fly kites at a park during the New Year holiday in Hezhou city, South China's Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, on Jan 2, 2021.
Continuous snowfall in the Longtoushan scenic area, located at the junction between Sichuan and Shaanxi provinces, has turned the attraction into a wonderland fully enveloped in rime.